Council supports Challenge Poverty Week

Monday September 26th 2022


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Midlothian Council is supporting Challenge Poverty Week with a series of special events to help local people struggling with household bills because of the cost of living crisis.

Support is also available for people trying to find work and parents and carers not able to afford costs associated with the school day.

The events, both online and in-person, are on between Monday 3 October and Sunday 9 October.

Among the highlights are:

– Two drop-in sessions on Monday 3 October where people can for advice on food and fuel bills. The first is on from 10am-12.30pm at St John’s and King’s Park Church in Dalkeith where Heather from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau will be available to talk about utility bills and saving energy.

– From 11am to 1.30pm on Monday 3 October, the Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust is offering help and advice for people worried about affording food and fuel.

– Parents, carers and parent councils can sign up now for a Midlothian Council and NHS online event about the cost of the school day. It is on Monday 3 October from 6pm to 7.30pm.

– Local people are invited to drop-in to the Skills Development Scotland office in Dalkeith on Tuesday 4 October to get career advice or help with job searches.

– And registration is already open for online events including how to build an affordable food network.

You can find the full programme and how to register for the online events at www.midlothian.gov.uk/CPW

Organised by the Poverty Alliance, the Scotland-wide campaign highlights poverty as a problem we can solve, and showcases solutions everyone can get behind.

Midlothian Council’s Leader Councillor Kelly Parry said:

“Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for everyone to raise their voice against poverty.

“This year the campaign is all the more important, given more people are falling into poverty because of the cost of living crisis.

“Our cross party Cost of Living Taskforce has approved spending of £961,219 of Scottish Government money to help low income households as part of our #MidlothianCares, Live Well Locally project.

“However, much more needs to be done across the UK to create a wellbeing economy, driven by compassion and justice, where we all have equal opportunity to thrive.”

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